The Racism Underneath the Stereotype of the Israeli Bimbo

Thirty-five years after Ofra Haza sang 'Frecha,' Channel 2 is airing a new series 'Amamiyot.' Has anything changed?

It’s hard to forget the moment of the breakthrough: 1979, Ofra Haza was an unknown singer, playing the character of Dina in Assi Dayan’s film “Schlager” and singing a song called “Frecha” (which can be loosely translated as “tart”), written for her by the director. It was a kind of ideological manifesto about a flighty girl who doesn’t have the patience for long...